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Black men and women need to stand up for Black boys and girls like Trayvon Martin

By Nomalanga Mhlauli-Moses

I’ve been following the story of George Zimmerman, a white Neighborhood Watch Captain who murdered a 17-year-old African-American boy named Trayvon Martin in his parents gated Florida Community. It has been a month since Trayvon’s death and George Zimmerman has yet to be arrested.

The fact that George Zimmerman has yet to be arrested is outrageous! I am calling for every black man and woman in this country to stand up and voice their outrage. Trayvon Martin is not just a black boy in Florida that just got shot; he is OUR son and we all need to stand up and demand justice for OUR son. I have a son of my own that I gave birth to and I believe that if I don’t stand up and speak up for Trayvon, it is the same as not speaking up for my own son.

Trayvon was not some trouble making black boy who was shot while causing some unrest in a white neighborhood, not that that would justify his shooting either; he was just a boy walking in his own (his father’s) neighborhood and his skin color was all it took for him to be labeled “suspicious” and then gunned to death.

It has been reported that George Zimmerman was not arrested because, according to Tracy Martin, the teen’s father, Police in Sanford, where the shooting occurred, told Martin’s family that Zimmerman had a “squeaky-clean” record. Meanwhile, the Orange County Clerk of Courts website shows a man named George Zimmerman, 28, was charged in July 2005 with resisting arrest with violence and battery on an officer.

The longer George Zimmerman goes without being arrested, the more strongly we are affirming that what he did was and is still okay. Martin Luther King said it best, “An injustice anywhere, is an injustice everywhere”. If you think that Trayvon’s death has nothing to do with you, think again. If the current climate of the justice system in America is such that a young black boy can be shot to death while he was unarmed and in his own neighborhood, by a white man who claimed he looked “suspicious”, and that white man not be arrested, then the notion that we are living in a country with racial equality is a lie!

I’m calling for every Black man and woman, parent or not, to do anything and everything that they can to hold the Sanford county police department accountable for following through and arresting George Zimmerman. They need to hear our voices, on behalf of Trayvon Martin and his family. Write a letter or send an e-mail or make a phone call-anything! The mayor of Orlando, the police chief and any and every other administrator needs to answer one question: Why has George Zimmerman not been arrested?

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